Stroke: Not your grandfather’s disease anymore

Stroke is typically associated with advanced age. It is more common in people 75 years of age and older. But younger people are not exempt, and their numbers appear to be on the rise.

Several well-known celebrities —John Singleton, Luke Perry and Raul Julia — have succumbed to the disease. All were in their 50s. Those even younger are not immune — Tedy Bruschi of the New England Patriots at 31 and Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones at the age of 24.

The risk factors in this age group are the same as their older peers — high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, for example. But it’s obesity that’s taking a toll on the young, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The prevalence of obesity exceeds 35 percent in adults aged 20 to 39 and 42 percent among those aged 40 to 59.

“Obesity is a major problem

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